Wheelchair-accessible housing : its role in cost containment in spinal cord injury.
To determine frequency with which the need to find accessible housing delays discharge from an inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Retrospective review of the records of all patients (122) admitted with a diagnosis of acute spinal cord injury to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of a teaching hospital between January 1986 and December 1993.
Tertiary care center's inpatient rehabilitation unit.
Main Outcome Measure
A determination of whether each patient was discharged at the time that be or she was ready to leave the Rehabilitation Unit or whether discharge bad to be delayed because the patient did not have an accessible home to which be or she could return.
Ten percent of the patients had to stay in the hospital beyond the planned date of discharge while their families or representatives of the hospital looked for accessible housing.
The delays ranged from 6 to 210 days, with an average delay of 60 days.
The hospital's average charge for this time was $29,280.
The average savings, had the patient been transferred to a transitional living unit when they were ready for hospital discharge, would have been $27,660.
The need to find accessible housing should be included in the list of factors that can affect the length of stay of patients admitted to a rehabilitation unit and increase charge for service provided to those patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Réhabilitation, Handicap, Fauteuil roulant, Délai, Sortie hôpital, Logement handicapé, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Traumatisme, Moelle épinière, Homme, Moelle épinière pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Système nerveux pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rehabilitation, Handicap, Wheel chair, Time lag, Hospital discharge, Handicapped housing, Cost analysis, Health economy, Trauma, Spinal cord, Human, Spinal cord disease, Central nervous system disease, Nervous system diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0338304
Code Inist : 002B26O. Création : 01/03/1996.